George Gee Live at SWING46 Tribute to Frankie Manning on May 24th

Posted by on May 6, 2016 in Featured, Jazz, Swing | Comments

George Gee Live at SWING46 Tribute to Frankie Manning on May 24th

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**LIVE RECORDING AT SWING46 (NYC) ON MAY 24th**

**BE A PART OF THIS HISTORIC EVENT**

**PRE-ORDERS AND PERKS AVAILBALE NOW AT

http://bit.ly/liveatswing46tributetofrankie

Hi, this is George Gee – bandleader of The George Gee Swing Orchestra here in NYC. I’ve been known to preach about how#SwingMakesYouHappy to whomever may be within listening radius plus the many captive audiences at our countless shows! So much so, it’s also the title of our recent CD recording (which was on the short list for a Grammy nomination plus 12 straight weeks on the Jazz radio charts)!

2017 marks our 20th anniversary of performing weekly at Swing 46 Jazz & Supper Club located in the heart of NYC on Restaurant Row in Times Square. Big Band swingin’ for the both the local and international swing dance community supplemented by jazz music lovers and worldwide tourists – this little club that could – has withstood multiple trial and tribulations to be the last one standing (in the WORLD)!

A regular patron we were privileged to entertain on the SWING46 dance floor was the late, great Frankie Manning (the legendary original Savoy Ballroom dancer). Frankie always claimed The George Gee Swing Orchestra was his favorite modern swing orchestra and personally requested for us to perform at many of his numerous birthday celebrations. After his unexpected sudden passing right before his 95th birthday, we help maintain the flame by carrying on at that poignant event and then again at his centennial two years ago.

On May 24th, (2 days before Frankie’s actual May 26th birthdate) – we will be swingin’ hard in honor of Frankie102 at our regular Tuesday night Big Band Swing Party at SWING46. Playing many of Frankie’s musical favorites (Shiny Stockings, Splanky, Tuxedo Junction, Things Ain’t What They Used To Be, Easy Does It, Take the A Train, Christopher Columbus, Wednesday Night Hop and more…) – we will record this sure-to-be magical night of music and dance for posterity. And after nearly two decades of providing the world a place to swing 7-nights-week – we think its time for the FIRST “Live at SWING46” recording!

This project has the full support of The Frankie Manning Foundation and a part of the proceeds from pre-sales and contributions will be donated to The Frankie Manning Foundation to continue in their pursuit of advancing the legacy of Frankie Manning, Big Band music and Lindy Hop.

The budget will cover the cost of the musical performance of the 10 musicians, onsite live 20 track remote recording, post-production mixing/mastering, graphic design, special musical arrangements and CD duplication.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration for this creative effort. It is our goal to continue spreading the joy of big band music and lindy hop – exactly the way Frankie shared with us………

Keep on Swingin’ – GG

Pre-orders and Perks available at http://bit.ly/liveatswing46tributetofrankie

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George Gee Joins NYC Big Band Battle on USS Intrepid May 28th, 2016!

Posted by on May 1, 2016 in Featured, Jazz, Swing | Comments

George Gee Joins NYC Big Band Battle on USS Intrepid May 28th, 2016!

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JOIN US FOR AN EPIC BATTLE OF THE BIG BANDS AND SWING DANCING ON
THE FLIGHT DECK OF THE HISTORIC AIRCRAFT CARRIER INTREPID! THIS
ONE-NIGHT-ONLY EVENT IS AN OFFICIAL PART OF FLEET WEEK NEW YORK.
Celebrate the music, dancing and style of the swing era with a spectacular lineup of over 90 performers, including three of New York City’s best big bands, a barbershop quartet and a female vocal trio. There will be a vintage fashion show and contest, swing dance performances, a dance contest, free beginner swing dance lessons and more. VIP ticketholders will get an exclusive tour of the hangar deck and the chance to explore the Museum. Come “follow the fleet” in Navy-inspired outfits and vintage clothes. And bring your dancing shoes—there will be a 2,000-square-foot wood dance floor! Purchase Tickets

This special event is presented by Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum.
For ages 21+ only. Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.

 

** Advance Tickets now one sale!

Join us for an epic battle of the big bands and swing dancing on the flight deck of the historic aircraft carrier Intrepid! This one-night-only event is an official part of Fleet Week New York.

big bands on the flight deck // 8:00pm–12:30am:
* Gordon Webster Big Band (14-piece), plus guest vocalists Tatiana Eva-Marie and Charles Turner
* George Gee Swing Orchestra (16-piece), plus guest vocalist John Dokes
* James Langton’s New York All-Star Big Band (14-piece), with Dan Levinson and guest vocalists Gimme Four and Kimberly Hawkey

more music from the swing era:
* Sweet Megg & The Wayfarers – playing in hangar deck, 8:30pm – 12:00)
* Gimme Four – award-winning barbershop quartet
* America’s Sweethearts NYC – all-female close harmony trio
* MC Dandy Wellington
* DJ VaVa Voon

dance performances:
* Gaby Galore’s Lindy Hoppers
* The Rhythm Stompers

plus:
* 1940s-style pinup girls
* Best-dressed contest
* Dance contest
* Free beginner swing dance lessons by Gaby Cook (in hangar deck, 8:00pm–8:30pm)
* 1930s/1940s Vintage Style Fashion show with Allure Original Styles by Mutsumi Gee
* Guided tours of Intrepid for VIP ticketholders only
* Cash bar and snacks will be available for purchase.
( ages 21+ only / with ID)

Celebrate the music, dancing and style of the swing era with a spectacular lineup of over 90 performers, including three of New York City’s best big bands, a barbershop quartet and a female vocal trio. There will be a vintage fashion show and contest, swing dance performances, a dance contest, free beginner swing dance lessons and more. VIP ticketholders will get an exclusive tour of the hangar deck and the chance to explore the Museum. Come “follow the fleet” in Navy-inspired outfits and vintage clothes. And bring your dancing shoes—there will be a 2,000-square-foot wood dance floor!

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TICKETS
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GENERAL ADMISSION
$35 – Early bird tickets (SOLD OUT)
$45 – Advance tickets (thru May 22nd)
$55 – Week of/at door (starting May 23rd & at door)
includes: Access to the pier, hangar deck and flight deck of the ship (except VIP area); and Swing dance lesson. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

VIP TICKETS
$65 – Early bird tickets (SOLD OUT)
$75 – Advance tickets (thru May 22nd)
$85 – Week of/at door (starting May 23rd & at door)
includes: Access to the pier, hangar deck and flight deck of the ship; Dedicated VIP line at the door with early entry (7:15pm); VIP-only guided tasting on flight deck from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, hosted by our liquor sponsors; VIP-only guided tour of the Intrepid Museum, led by a tour guide; VIP-only reserved seating and tables in a roped-off area on flight deck; Swing dance lesson. Limited availability. Advance ticket purchase is strongly encouraged.

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This special event is presented by Prohibition Productions and the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum

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NEW West Coast Tour Dates added to celebrate George Gee’s Birthday!

Posted by on Mar 7, 2016 in Jazz, Swing | Comments

NEW West Coast Tour Dates added to celebrate George Gee’s Birthday!

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Friday, April 1st returning to the world-famous Cicada Club in Downtown Los Angeles for  the official

West Coast George Gee Birthday Party

“Get Your Kicks, as GG Turns 56!!”

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Saturday, April 2nd we return to the Pasadena Ballroom Dance Association (PBDA)

weekly swing dance party at Grace Hall in Pasadena, CA!

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Then Sunday, April 3rd we migrate south to

Swing Dancing San Diego!

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George Gee Swing Orchestra, Singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes all featured on Nautica national TV commercial!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Jazz, Parties, Swing | Comments

George Gee Swing Orchestra, Singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes all featured on Nautica national TV commercial!

 

Just in time for the 2015 holiday season, Nautica has released nationally a TV commercial highlighting our recording of “Baby It’s Cold Outside” featuring a whimsical vocal duet by singers Hilary Gardner and John Dokes accompanied by an excellent transcription from music director  David Gibson.   Along with TV rotation coast to coast, it is also being looped in the monitors of all NYC yellow cabs!  Hear the entire version of the song HERE and own your own copy at iTunes  —   HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

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FYC: “Swing Makes You Happy!” for 2016 Grammy Nomination

Posted by on Oct 14, 2015 in Jazz, Swing | Comments

FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION

 

GEORGE GEE’S “SWING MAKES YOU HAPPY!” CD

 

2016 GRAMMY NOMINATION

 “Best LARGE JAZZ ENSEMBLE Album”

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Hello Music Lover:

My name is George Gee and as you may already know, I am the bandleader of The George Gee Swing Orchestra.

Gee shows that his rocket-fueled ensemble, which is typically nine players, can generate just as much heat as a traditional, full-sized big band.

— Bobby Reed, Downbeat Magazine

For the past 35 years, I have been leading a big band specializing in the swing and jazz legacy — the last quarter-century being in my hometown of New York City. And for over 18 years, we’ve been one of the house bands at SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club in Times Square. In January 2015, Rondette Jazz released our 8th recording: “Swing Makes You Happy!”

‘Swing Makes You Happy!’ isn’t just an album title: It’s a mantra and belief system that guides the George Gee Swing Orchestra, a little big band intent on rekindling the ear’s love affair with music associated with a bygone era. 

Dan Bilawsky, AllAboutJazz.com

In the last five years, under the musical direction of trombonist David Gibson, the scope of the [George Gee Swing Orchestra] repertoire has expanded, while always maintaining an allegiance to the core value of swing as exemplified by Count Basie and Swing Era formats.

— George Kanzler, Hot House Magazine 

I am proud to announce the recording has been submitted for a 2016 Grammy nomination consideration under the “Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album” section of the Jazz category. If you are a voting member of The Recording Academy (or know of somebody who is), I hope you may consider our CD and/or recommend it. The ballots will be mailed later this week and are due back by early November. Your support and consideration is greatly appreciated!

You can download the Promo one sheet HERE

Full YouTube Album link HERE

For a download of all 19 tracks of “Swing Makes You Happy,” please email me at info@georgegee.com and we will send this to you right away!

Musically,

George Gee 

 

16 straight weeks in the Top 100,

which included 11 straight weeks in the Top 50

peaking at #16 on the Jazz Charts (Jazzweek.com)

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Also prominently featured on the CMJ Jazz Charts

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Downbeat Magazine “Editor’s Pick” January 2015

 

This album is convivial —true to its title— and feels remarkably, almost startlingly hip, without sacrificing its lineage to the Count Basie New Testament Band.

— Michael J. West, Jazz Times

 

George Gee and his collaborator, musical director and trombonist David Gibson, have put together an offering of 19 tracks that swing from the horn section blast on the opener to the final note.

— Marcia Hillman, New York City Jazz Record

 

Gee and his posse walk a fine line between reminiscence of the Swing Era (forgoing pious over-reverence) and post bop modernism with grace, panache, and plenty of joie de vivre.

—  Mark Keresman, JazzedMagazine.com

 

 

The George Gee Swing Orchestra

Appears every Tuesday evening at
SWING46 Jazz & Supper Club

349 West 46th Street

Times Square, NYC

and

Every Last Sunday of the Month at
SMALLS Jazz Club 183 West 10th Street

Greenwich Village, NYC 

 

Thank you for your consideration!

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George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial in Los Angeles 7/12/15

Posted by on Jun 12, 2015 in Jazz, Swing | Comments

George Gee Celebrates Van Alexander Centennial in Los Angeles 7/12/15

The George Gee Swing Orchestra, One Of NYC’s Premiere Big Bands, Returns To The World-Famous Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club At The Oviatt Building In Downtown Los Angeles For An Evening Of Swing Music And Dance Honoring The Great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom Music Man, Van Alexander (“A Tisket A Tasket”) In Honor Of His 100th Birthday At This Exclusive Once-In-A-Lifetime Centennial Celebration Swing Dance Party – Sunday, July 12th, 2015

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The George Gee Swing Orchestra, one of New York’s premiere swing big bands, returns to the world famous Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club at the Oviatt Building in downtown Los Angeles (CA) for an evening of swing music and dance honoring the great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom music man, Grammy honoree Van Alexander (composer of the Ella Fitzgerald hit song “A Tisket A Tasket”) in celebration of his 100th birthday at an exclusive once-in-a-lifetime centennial swing dance party Sunday, July 12th.

In the more than three decades since its inception, the George Gee Swing Orchestra has spread the “Gospel of Swing” to the far corners of the globe, doing its part to keep fingers snappin’ and toes tappin’ with its happy music for happy people. The popular ensemble sets new standards for modern big band performance, elegantly balancing genuine traditions with exhilarating modernism. The versatile swingin’ ensemble can deliver everything from a sweet foxtrot ballad to rollicking roadhouse boogie, all to the delight of the many hoofers who swarm the dance floor for its invigorating performances.

The orchestra will no doubt deliver a particularly exciting performance, inspired by the classic art deco surroundings of the Cicada Club that recall the grandeur of Hollywood’s glamorous golden age of nightclubs, as well as the presence of one of Gee’s heroes, the great Chick Webb / Savoy Ballroom music man, Van Alexander, the composer of the Webb/Ella Fitzgerald classic “A Tisket A Tasket”, and countless other swing era staples performed by the likes of Benny Goodman, Dean Martin, Kay Starr, Dinah Shore, Doris Day, and Peggy Lee.

Gee proclaims, “Van Alexander’s legacy with the Chick Webb Orchestra, Ella Fitzgerald and the Savoy Ballroom is so important. Van is a true bridge to the classic Savoy style big band of Harlem from the 30s and 40s. It is my honor to have him as a fan of the George Gee Swing Orchestra. He came to our “Battle of the Big Bands” in Culver City (CA) last summer and was thrilled and awed by the modern day community of lindy hop and big band enthusiasts. He turned 100 on May 2nd and he plans on attending this show as our special VIP honoree. He is celebrating his centennial and is ready to swing, so it’s very important to us that we trumpet his many achievements. I just want to make sure that there’s more awareness of his importance, especially among the swing dance world. He is definitely a Vintage Master of Swing!”

“The George Gee Swing Orchestra’s music director, trombonist Dave Gibson is transcribing a few of Webb’s big hits, in particular Webb’s theme song “Let’s Get Together” and Van’s biggest hit “A Tisket A Tasket”. Popular L.A. vocalist Barbara Morrison is scheduled to come and sing the Ella Fitzgerald parts on that Hit Parade classic for this special show, joining our regular singer John Dokes. We will be doing a lot of selections from the classic Chick Webb era repertoire; a lot of the music associated with the Savoy Ballroom, plus selections from our latest CD Swing Makes You Happy! (Rondette Jazz),” which includes Webb’s “Lindy Hopper’s Delight,” “Blue Minor,” and “Midnight in a Madhouse.” Joining the band, lighting up the dance floor, will be the amazing lindy hop antics of The Hollywood Hotshots and tap dancing sensation Chester Whitmore, making the Cicada Club jump with the spirit of the Savoy, “Harlem’s Home of Happy Feet”.

The world-famous, elegant art deco Maxwell DeMille’s Cicada Club at the Oviatt Building in downtown Los Angeles is located at 617 S Olive St, Los Angeles, CA 90014. Tickets for this exclusive and once-in-a-lifetime Centennial Celebration Swing Dance Party are $20 in advance or $25 day of the show. A special delicious 3 course dinner package is offered for $69 per person. Doors open at 6:00 PM. Showtime at 8:30 PM. For reservations and further information call (213) 488-9488 or visit http://www.cicadaclub.com/GEE

 

 

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